I'm a long-time fan of horror, murder mysteries, and period pieces
Any fan of classic King will enjoy this audio book
haven't listened to his other performances but definitely will listen to another based on this performance
I;m surprised that so many people like this novel in the reviews. I have put it down so many times and don't think I'll make it to the end. I like Stephen King reading but that's about all I like about this novel.
The story. It was an interesting idea, but there was nothing that hooked me. King is so good at creating characters you root for and scenes with value. So much is the struggle between good and evil. Even though the situations are fanciful the people seem so real and I have always loved the interactions between characters. In this book everyone was so depressed and the relationships were not well developed. To be honest, I didn't finish this book, so maybe it got better. It was making me depressed so I stopped listening about 1/3 of the way through. This was the first time I haven't finished a King novel.
Better character relationships and more interactions. Less depression!
His narration was fantastic. He knows best how the characters sound so I would of missed that.
The corkscrew and dog scene. That's when I stopped listening!
I've never asked for a credit back, but I think I will on this one. If you're new to King start with The Stand, Joyland, Bag of Bones, 11-22-63, The Green Mile, IT, or The Body. All excellent books. There are more I would recommend but these came to mind first.
I really liked this book... although I didn't love it. I would definitely recommend it for King fans, though. It's a battle between good and evil and greed and selfishness.
I like the fact that deep down, we all want something and most people will do anything to get it. King took this story and weaved a web of greed that cuts deep.
Not knowing what was going to happen to each character and the price they had to pay kept me wanting more.
The emotion of the characters as the author sees them.
The sheriff. The one man that held on to his soul. He stood his ground and tried to save his people and his town. The hero.
I know some people complain about King's narration in this. I forgot it -was- King most of the time. I've always enjoyed King's narration. He is good enough at doing different voices for different characters that I'm never confused, and I appreciate that he doesn't 'over act' either. He's reading you a book, not putting on a show. My only complaint about his narration is that he does a hilariously bad job with Rev. Willy. He's trying to do a sort evangelical televangelist cadence... and it comes out like a really hysterically bad Italian accent. Maybe that's what that sort of Reverend would really sound like in Maine, I don't know. Luckily we only have to listen to ten or fifteen minutes of it during the whole book. Other then that, I have no complaints about his narration.
If you really like King's small town drama/suspense type books, you'll really enjoy this. The interconnections of the characters and the fabric of small town life is really rich. One of the main characters, Allen (the sheriff) had me vested in him from almost the moment he was on the page. This book has a few gross out moments that seem to be common of his earlier work, but they pass quickly, and after all, this is Stephen King. I assume you're not expecting kittens and rainbows. I stop short of giving this five stars, because everything wraps up in sort of a rush. Everything's tied up well enough, but it feels a little lazy after everything we've gone through with the characters to get to that point. On the other hand, maybe that's what we're supposed to take away from this, the utter chaos left in the wake of something that has little meaning and context. In any case, its a great ride. I've listened to it several times and am sure I'll listen to it several times more.
This is one of my favorite stories by Stephen King. At first I thought him reading his own book was going to be hard to listen to, but I found King delightful to listen to. After all he knew how he wanted his reader to imagine it while they read it and he read it that way. So, many places in the novel that made me laugh because King has a great sense of humor. Some of the parts were shocking and scary and King read those parts beautifully. A long time ago when he first published this novel I read it. I loved this story back then. I love it even more with King as the performer.
I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a great story with a little fun, a little mystery, a little love story, a little naughtiness (hehe) and just a great way to spend some driving time or traveling time.
I found the music appropriate. At times it was used to build up the suspense. I did not mind it all. Made it seem more like I was listening to a movie or a play. The tickling of the little silver bell when someone opens the door to the strange shop, puts you the listener walking into that shop yourself.
I have always loved this book, I have it in Hardback, and now on my Kindle, and also now on my Ipod, I just finished listening to Stephen's Narration, and he is excellent,
I liked how he was able to narrate each characters in the books
He made the Characters practically come to life, you could almost imagine what each of the characters looked like, and how they sounded, I like to close my eyes and just listen to how he describes each of them and imagine what they look like and match the sound to each of them.
I work 16-18 hrs. 6 days a week, I listen to Stephen on the way to work, during my breaks, and on the way home. He makes my work day a whole lot more enjoyable, and he's my entertainment instead of TV.
Can't wait to start listening to his next book.
I loved the way Stephan king narrated the book. The book was so fun. The story is eerie small town horror, then at the same time funny. I couldn't have been more entertained. Every time I had to leave this audio book I felt like a kid being told part of a bedtime story by my father, when my father said that was all he could read tonight, and I had to wait for the rest tomorrow night.
I don’t know if how many people I will find that I like to hear narrate a book, but if I were as good as Stephan King is I would think I would be rich. He is great.
This audio book is one i would garantee to customers their satisfaction, if i were to sell it, and their money back. Its a sure thing. now that i am done listening i am going straight to another Stephan King narration.
I like cake. I don't like zombies or clowns, even if they have cake.
Were it not for the horrible soundtrack, yes. King reading his own work was a great experience, but the music was grating and far too prevalent. A good soundtrack occurs at an almost subconscious level. This one demanded attention, like a screaming child in a movie theater.
King's trademark way of telling stories within stories and managing a complex cast of characters.
I though SK did a great job narrating his own work.
I enjoyed the read and typical of King books, I found the ending to be less than I was hoping for, but enough to satisfy.
Because of the horrible soundtrack, I wouldn't recommend this audiobook, but it's a decent SK novel and worthy of a read if you like King's style.